THE ONLY WEB PORTRAYAL OF A NATION'S ENTIRE MUSICAL LIFE - DESCRIPTIONS, NUMBERS, ISSUES, FUTURES

Rainbow Serpent Festival - January 2013
By Asher Floyd (Creative Commons)


Credit: Simon Whitaker (Creative Commons)

ABOUT 'MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA'

The Music in Australia Knowledge Base provides the world with a source of information about musical practice in Australia and/or by Australians that can assist in its further development and lift its status in Australian life and culture, and in the world at large.

The Knowledge Base describes the situation of music in Australia. So, for instance, it could describe the situation of music in schools – what is provided, the competence of the teaching, government attitudes and so on, but would be much less likely to dwell on intricacies of pedagogy or syllabus.

It covers the entire music sector including the role of music in human development and society, music’s creation and practice, the music sector and its components, government policies, regulation, support, the international context. It covers facts, issues of contention, statistics, research.

The Music in Australia Knowledge Base is produced and published by the Music Trust. The Trust’s slogan: The Music Trust works with energy, imagination and authority for music in Australia.

New ADDITIONS TO MUSIC IN AUSTRALIA

Music as Industry

Justin O'Connor
Thinking of music as a public good rather than as an industry can help us radically rethink how to approach music policy, how to support it. We would recognise the public value, the ‘communal luxury’ music provides to all of us.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Kate Moore: Lost in a world of thought

Kate Moore
Although the body is a vessel for sensing, seeing and hearing, the inside world is a well spring connected to a rich and complex underground river system that reaches an unfathomably deep ocean.

This Musical World. The othering of female composers

Mandy Stefanakis
Imagine if … The ‘othering’ of Australian female composers is soooo yesteryear.

Celebrating William Barton, recipient of the 2021 Australia Council Don Banks Music Award

Kirsty Rivers, Richard Letts and Janine Marshman
Indigenous musician William Barton received the Don Banks Music Award, the most prestigious given by the Australia Council for the Arts. Barton learnt the didgeridoo the traditional way from his uncle in outback Queensland. He is a virtuosic and original performer as well as a guitarist, singer and composer.

An ecological approach to musical skill acquisition and creative development

Philip Slater PhD
"'The Dark Pattern' is by far the most consistently sublime and intensely beautiful music I’ve ever heard", wrote reviewer Joe Cummins of Slater's recording. Here, Slater reveals the highly original process that has been his musical life's work over the last five years.

INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Emily Wurramara: Listen with your spirit

Emily Wurramara
Emily Wurramara is an Indigenous singer/songwriter. She sees her own success in the context of the rapidly increasing recognition of Australian Indigenous musicians.

Loudmouth is the free monthly online magazine of the Music Trust. It reports current developments, discusses matters of policy, politics and cultural development. Its music education section covers issues ranging from early childhood to career development, community music and educational research. Its excellent reviews are written mostly by musicians, and include important recordings and books not reviewed elsewhere.

THIS MONTH ON LOUDMOUTH

GROWING EDGE

  • INSIDE THE MUSICIAN. Their musical worlds described by Holly Harrison, David Theak
  • Barney McAll reminisces about Billy Harper
  • Mandy Stefanakis’s lockdown salvation through vinyl
  • Groundbreaking regional music project in SE Qld
  • Chris Cody interviews Fabian Hevia
  • Live digital productions. Buskers and online donations.

MUSIC EDUCATION

  • Several considerations about remote online education
  • Review of Initial Teacher Education
  • R Murray Schafer has died. Remember his brilliant music teaching strategies?
  • Art, drama, music lower student stress
  • When our brains imagine music. Research

FREEDMAN JAZZ FELLOWSHOP

  • The four finalists announced
  • Listing the 15 nominees

MUSIC AND BOOK REVIEWS